Originally Posted by gordon2
Thats a good point. My plan was (is) to use a Wave 3 heater with legs but when I actually read the instructions and noted the minimum clearances, well it made me wish I had ordered the furnace
after all. There is only one place to set it for temporary use where it will be safe from the dog, and might meet minimum clearances.
So this is something good to consider when using any heater in a camper.
I've just recently gotten my Scamp
13, have spent several evenings in it, working and just getting used to it. Mostly I used an old electric cube that I had. I've definitely found that the low, 750 watt setting gives the best and most consistent heat as opposed to the 1500 watt setting. I've found multiple places to set the heater without it heating up surrounding walls/cabinets to any significant degree.
I bought a Mr. Heater to use, since I know I will be boon docking in cold weather, so wanted to try it out as well. Kept on the low setting, if warmed the Scamp
up toasty warm, but I did not find it overheated any of the structures. I kept it mostly next to the bathroom door, pointing back towards the dinette. Two lessons learned: 1) Do an initial burn of a new heater outdoors to burn off any oils etc. from manufacture. 2) Open ventilation windows
PRIOR to lighting
the heater. Both of these lessons were learned on the initial lighting
of the heater. Within about 20-30 seconds, both my CO detector and the smoke/fire detector were going off.
At least I know they are working properly. Only took a very short time to ventilate the trailer, then the heater worked well.
I would feel comfortable sleeping with the electric heater on, not so much with the propane
- it is for use when it can be monitored only - sleeping bags for night. It can warm the trailer very quickly once you get up.
Pets would be a problem with the propane
heater on the floor, but I do see that they include keyholes one the back of the heater for mounting it on a wall. I have seen folks who have this same heater mounted to the door of a van, so I guess it could be used that way if you have pets or small kids to worry about.
Caution, always and testing thoroughly until you know how things work.